One-of-a-kind wooden stacking toys are a refreshing take on a classic nursery item

by 02/13/16   filed under: eco play, eco toddler, green baby gifts, green toys

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These beautiful wooden stacking toys, handmade by MamumaBird, make a perfect gift for new parents-to-be at their baby shower or a baby or toddler gift anytime. Made with natural wood, edible linseed oil and beeswax, each of these gorgeously unique stacking toys vary in wood texture and color, making every stacking toy a one-of-a-kind treasure. The toppers are especially cool, featuring such items as stars, whales, flowers and more. Perfect for helping a young child improve fine motor skills and coordination, this toy is as educational as it is lovely.

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+ Stacking Toys $22.00-$36.00

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LEGO prosthetic arm for children wins top award

by 02/12/16   filed under: humanitarian design

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Leave it to a former LEGO intern to come up with a prosthetic arm that encourages kids to build and create using their favorite blocks. Carlos Arturo Torres, who spent time with the LEGO Future Lab research department, recently won the Grand Prix at a digital technology summit in Paris for his LEGO-compatible IKO prosthetic arm. Drawing on his own experience growing up in war-torn Colombia, with many people losing limbs as a result of conflict, and his awareness of how kids with prosthetic limbs can feel isolated and different, Torres set out to create a prosthetic that kids would enjoy integrating into their play and which would boost their creativity and self-esteem. The IKO prosthetic, which uses myoelectric sensors to “read” the electric signals that travel along the muscles of the wearer and then respond, has several LEGO attachments, including a remote control digger. As shown in the picture, kids could connect a variety of LEGO parts into the IKO, including some that could hinge, be stacked, or act as connectors to other LEGO pieces. Functioning as a creative surface for building with other LEGO figures and blocks, the IKO can help change the perception of the child’s disability into a cool and interesting conversation piece and activity. The IKO prosthetic, which includes a 3D-printed socket that could be reprinted and adjusted as the child grows, also has a detachable articulated robotic hand that acts as a fully functional prosthesis for when it’s time to put the LEGOs away and take on other tasks.

via BBC

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HOW TO: Make vegan red velvet cupcakes for a green Valentine's Day treat

by 02/12/16   filed under: cooking, food, healthy recipe, kid friendly, recipes, vegan cooking, vegetarian, vegetarianism, video

Petey Rojas Baking Video: How To Make Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes

Looking for a nifty Valentine’s Day gift, and tired of the same old same old flowers and chocolate malarkey? How about showing your special someone how much you care with a delicious batch of heart-shaped red velvet cupcakes? This vegan recipe for red velvet cupcakes uses organic, eco-friendly, and cruelty-free ingredients—so it’s as sweet on the planet as it is tasty, and it’s so easy to make that even a four year-old can do it! Watch the above video to see Inhabitots baker-in-training-pants, Petey Rojas, show you how to make vegan red velvet cupcakes. Read below to see the ingredient list and further details.

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Magic Leap's mixed reality technology will blow your mind

by 02/12/16   filed under: eco play, gadget, kids entertainment

You’re probably going to watch the videos above and below a few times… and then try to contain your excitement and anticipation for Magic Leap, a somewhat mysterious technology company that is valued at around $4.5 billion dollars, despite the fact that their “product” has yet to be officially unveiled. What the company has produced are these demos, which promise to use a revolutionary technology that blurs the lines between imagination and reality and has uses in multiple fields including entertainment, education, and innovation. Apparently, special glasses worn by the viewer will aid in the projection of mind-blowing 3-D images onto the viewer’s retina, but the company has already distinguished itself from Virtual Reality and other 3-D technology that is already around (such as Oculus Rift and Google Glass) because Magic Leap incorporates the real world into its “visions.” Magic Leap says, “You already own the world’s most amazing computer… it’s your one-of-a-kind mind,” but the company will add on to what we see through the use of a lightweight and wearable device and their Dynamic Digitized Lightfield Signal, which makes the projected image appear real. Creating heightened video games is obviously a much-anticipated prospect for this Augmented Reality technology, but we love the idea that it could be used to bring educational concepts to life for students and to help us understand more about the world beyond our own communities and firsthand experiences (although this technology is certainly not a substitute for actually unplugging and exploring the world). Magic Leap has corralled an eclectic group of scientists, sci-fi authors, and software engineers to create their finished project, but if the real deal is anything like the demos (including this one which vows that no special effects or compositing were used in the video’s production), we know this company is going to be a game-changer in more ways than one.

+ Magic Leap

via If It’s Hip It’s Here and IGN News

 

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